BULLETIN                8 MARCH 2015

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT IN YEAR
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CHURCH SERVICES

Saturday 7 March  

Mass at 10.00 am by Father Charles for Robert Moreland and John OíHare
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm by Father Charles for the congregation

Sunday 8 March  

Sunday Mass at 10.30 am by Father Charles for the congregation

Monday 9 March  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass at 10.00 am in Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats

Tuesday 10 March  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass at 10.00 am in Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats
Vigil of the Deceased at 6.00 pm for Margaret McCarroll

Wednesday 11 March  

Requiem Mass at 10.00 am by Father Eamonn Flynn for Margaret McCarroll

Thursday 12 March  

No Mass in Saint Peter's
Mass at 10.00 am in Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats

Friday 13 March  

Mass at 10.00 am - Please phone to confirm.
Mass at 10.00 am in Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats

Saturday 14 March  

Mass at 10.00 am for Bill Carslow and Aileen Whiston - Please phone to confirm.
Vigil Mass at 5.30 pm by Canon Pat McSorley for Michael Reilly

The Mass intention list is just over two weeks ahead. Please notify anniversaries as early as you can. Thanks.
Any changes to the above times caused, for example, by a funeral will be notified on the home page of this website.


PARISH CENTRE EVENTS

Sunday 8 March  

11.30 am

Tea and Coffee after Mass

Monday 9 March  
9.30 to 11.30 am
6.30 pm
6.30 to 8.00 pm
7.00 to 9.00 pm

Parents and Toddlers
Rainbows
Brownies
Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday 10 March  
9.00 to 11.00 am
11.00 am
5.00 to 8.00 pm
7.30 to 8.30 pm
7.30 pm

Cardiac Rehabilition
Legion of Mary
Irish Dancing Class
Cardio 40 Toning
Ignatian Prayer Group

Wednesday 11 March  
12.30 to 2.30 pm
5.45 to 6.45 pm
7.00 to 8.00 pm
8.00 to 9.00 pm

Parents and Toddlers
Irish Dancing Class
Zumba

Retrobics

Thursday 12 March  
4.00 pm
6.00 to 7.30 pm
7.30 to 9.00 pm

Dancing
Brownies
Guides

Friday 13 March  
9.30 to 11.30 am Parents and Toddlers
Saturday 14 March  
7.30 pm Private Function

PRAYERS
Please remember in your prayers:
Cosimo Farro 1993, Francis Flynn 1990, Hugh McCluskey 1992, Catherine Robertson 2012, Mary To 2014, Luke Gargan 2001, May Bell 2003, Father Jerry Sheehy SCJ 2012, Alice Bell 2005, John Carroll 2004, John Kyle 2009, Myles McDonald, Monsignor Archibald McSparran 1950 shown left, Helen Brown 2013, Stephanie Hope Turner 2001, Agnes Scott 1990, Monsignor Edward Traynor 2006, Lilia Agostini 1969, Mary Andrew 1957, Hessie Hyslop 1998 and Jean Walker 2001 whose anniversaries occur at this time and those who are sick.
If a member of your family or a friend is sick, please let us know and give us the details. Deacon Bill Corbett (01292 521208, 07904 248948, Rev.BillCorbett@btinternet.com) is the chaplain to Crosshouse Hospital and Canon Keegans (01292 263488) is the chaplain to Ayr Hospital. The priest on call can be contacted through the ward. If deceased members of your family are not on our anniversary list, please tell Canon Matt
, the parish office or contact WebsiteAuthor@SaintPeterinChains.net.

SUNDAY MASS TIMES
Sunday Mass times in Saint Peter's are 5.30 pm Vigil and 10.30 am. Sunday Mass times in other local parishes can be seen here.

SACRAMENT OF FORGIVENESS
The Sacrament of Forgiveness is available at any suitable time as well as from 4.30 pm before the Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings.

FINANCES
Bankers Orders for the Parish and Parish Centre amount to £3800 per month. Every month, we pay a levy of £1450 to the Diocese. We are grateful for your generous support in collections. If you can manage a little more from time to time, it would be a great help. Have you thought of using a Bankers Order? It assists us with the safe handling of cash. Banker's Orders for the Parish and Centre amount to an average of £3800 per month. Forms are available. Would you consider remembering Saint Peter's in your will?

OFFERTORY COLLECTION
Last weekend's Offertory collection amounted to £688.58 - many thanks.

MAINTENANCE FUND COLLECTION
Last weekend's Maintenance Fund collection amounted to £272.57- many thanks.


GIFT AID
The Inland Revenue now requires us to use a new style of Gift Aid form. These are available at the back of the Church and on the parish website. If you pay tax, please complete the new form and return it to the box provided. This allows us to provide the additional information required on the Gift Aid claim. Gift Aid is a vital source of income. All that is needed is that you pay tax. You simply declare that you give funds to the Church. We do the rest. Why not sign a form today? We get back an extra 25p for every £1 you give the Church in your weekly collection or by way of a donation. There is no need to cancel or renew it. We simply claim in the income we receive.


COLLECTION ENVELOPES
New collection envelopes are now available at the stall. Please let us know if you wish to switch to a standing order. Forms are available.

READERS
Next weekend's readers are Julie Coldwell at 5.30 pm and Margaret Harvey and Krista Ward at 10.30 am.

ALTAR SERVERS
Next weekend's altar servers are Aidan and Calum at 5.30 pm and Group 4 at 10.30 am.

SUNDAY TEAS
Next Sunday's teas will be served by Loretta McLardyís team.

CHILDRENíS LITURGY
The Children's Liturgy is celebrated during the 10.30 am Mass each Sunday. All children are welcome. Next week's helpers are Claire Sweenie and Linda Martin for the pre-fives, Jacqueline Waugh and Michelle Champion for primaries 1 and 2, Elaine Shaw and Mairi Barr for primary 3 and Denise Gilmour and Laura Hamilton for primary 4.

BISHOP NOLAN
The video of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop William, which took place on 14 February, is available on the Diocesan website, on www.GallowayDiocese.org.uk. It is hoped that it will be available on DVD soon.
There are over a hundred photos of the Ordination on Saint Peter's website.




THE HOLY SEASON OF LENT
Lent is a time for prayer, penance and almsgiving in the long-standing tradition of our Church. During Lent, we are making the journey to Easter just as everyone of us is making the journey to Heaven.

PRAYER
Donít let a day go by without a few moments for God, come to Mass more regularly and encourage your children to say their night and morning prayers. Try to attend Stations of the Cross on a Friday at 9.40 am when possible.

FASTING
Give up something - smoking, alcohol or food you donít need. The possibilities are endless and the rewards are amazing.

ALMSGIVING
Take a Scottish Catholic International Aid fund (SCIAF) box and constantly give it your spare change. Support a charity at home or abroad and share your time with those who need you.

CANON MATT
With help, Canon Matt hopes to be able to say Mass on Friday and Saturday. Please phone to see if Mass will be offered.

50/50 CLUB WINNERS
Congratulations to our 50/50 Club winners in the February draw, who each win £25 - 49 Helen McCormack, 139 Jean Coulter, 128 Helen Burns and 268 Margaret Gribben. Our next draw for March will be on Saturday 21 March. Any member who has forgotten to renew their membership please contact the Promoter on 469006 as soon as possible. Many thanks. New members are welcome at any time during the year.

SUPPORT FOR THE PARISH
The 50/50 Club has just given the Parish a much-needed £1500. Many thanks to all who organise and support the Club.

SUPPORT FOR THE PARISH CENTRE
The Monday evening 1st Ardrossan Rainbow Unit have raised and donated £200 to the parish Centre and the 5th Ardrossan Saint Peterís Brownie Group have raised and donated £300. Very many thanks.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL LENTEN APPEAL FOR TOILETRIES
During the weeks of Lent, the
Saint Vincent de Paul Society is once again asking the parishioners of Saint Peterís to donate both male and female toiletries for use in the Ozanam Centre in Glasgow. The Ozanam Centre assists the homeless, both male and female, so any donations of toiletries would be very gratefully received. A box will be placed in the Church porch for any donations and we hope that we can rely on your usual very generous support. Thank you.

CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION
The Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion will be celebrated this year at the 10.30 am Mass on Sundays 3, 10 and 17 May, as we have done for many years. The reason for the three Sundays is so that the children are easily called by name, have enough room for family and friends and are made to feel as special as they are. Twenty-nine children are on our list, including those added recently, so about ten children each Sunday would be comfortable. I will put a list at the stall for you to choose whichever Sunday suits. I am happy to add another Sunday or arrange any other date you may require. I know that family work and travel arrangements can be difficult. Just let me know. The meeting for parents has been postponed till I recover from my ankle surgery. I'm sorry about this. I will re-arrange before Easter.

HCPT GROUP 376 BENEFACTORS' MASS
An invitation is extended to all who have supported the HCPT Group 376 to the Benefactors' Mass at Saint Mary's Church, Saltcoats on Sunday 8 March at 11.30 am. Tea will be served in the hall afterwards. Thank you. Esther Coulter


FAMILY PRIZE BINGO
A Family Bingo supporting Youth for Lourdes will be held in the Parish Centre on Saturday 21 March at 7.00 pm. Tickets cost £1 and a fun night is promised.

SAINT PETER'S PARENT COUNCIL RACE NIGHT
Saint Peterís Primary School Parent Council is having a Race Night in the Parish Centre on Friday 27 March. Full details will be given later.


EMBRACING CHANGE
Out of all the Embracing Change meetings have emerged five groups, all lay led but with priests taking part. These are:

 

Care of the Poor
how the parishes can work together in service, how to breathe new life into long-running groups and share resources, et cetera

 

Formation for Ministry
how to get more and younger people involved in the many ministries lay people can provide for the Church, how we will manage with fewer priests but more lay participation

 

Spirituality
how can we share times of prayer, adoration and devotion across the parishes of the deanery, what can we do in one place rather than in five or six and deanery services rather than parish services

 

Youth
working with young people to re-energise faith and practice

 

Education and Truth
improving communication, ensuring we learn and teach good doctrine, keeping in touch with what the Church really teaches, what Pope Francis is saying and moving us away from 'the priest knows best' to 'the priest is here to serve'

These groups are meeting and working.

VISITORS
Are you visiting us for Mass? Please know that you are very welcome. During the 10.30 am Mass outwith holidays, there is a Childrenís Liturgy provided for preschool children, children in Primaries 1 to 3 and a Sacramental Programme for children in Primary 4. After the 10.30 am Mass, tea, coffee cakes and buns are available in the Parish Centre. At both of our weekend Masses, we have a second collection for our Parish Centre upkeep.


ADVERTISER SUPPORT
Our advertisers would welcome your support. We are grateful for their continuing sponsorship. We are grateful for the support of Mr and Mrs Sohal, Nisa Stores, Glasgow Street for the weekly donation of tea, coffee and milk for the Sunday teas.

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS - MISSION STATEMENT
The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person within God's purpose for everyone. It seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity
with the Church and its organisations. As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.